Romantic Valentine's Day Menu

By Ellie Sher Feb 14, 2013

Romance someone special this Valentine’s Day with a sensual collection of aphrodisiac foods that will get you in the mood.


Tuna Tartare

Seafood doesn’t come cheap, so a mélange of oysters, shrimp, and tuna dazzle your sweetheart, making her feel like the most precious fish in the sea. Served on paper-thin wonton chips, this Asian inspired raw salad is elevated by hints of wasabi and a splash of soy sauce, and not to mention the creamy avocado, which is believed to have aphrodisiac qualities by its appearance alone.

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Oysters Mignonette

As a traditional symbol of passion, oysters are thought to increase blood circulation. In this sensual mouthful, red wine, shallots, and peppercorns beautifully complement the creamy, raw delicacy.  

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Rosemary Shrimp with Almonds 

Garlic’s signature scent is also thought to lead to passion if eaten by both partners. In this seductive dish, lush shrimp are bathed in aromatic rosemary and garlic and sprinkled with slivered almonds. If eaten by one party, however, you run the risk of tasting this garlicy delight all night.

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Lobster Pasta with Chardonnay Butter 

This luxurious pasta combines succulent lobster meat, refreshing mango, a hint of vanilla, and a splash of bubbly. These high-end ingredients will let that special someone know you think she’s worth splurging on. This dish, and in fact, the entire menu, works well with a glass of overflowing champagne.

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Brussels Sprouts with Honey

Drizzled in honey and sprinkled with fresh thyme, these candied Brussels sprouts are a simple companion to a decadent main course. This tasty side will add an additional dimension to the meal and, of course, a touch of sweetness.

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Frozen Mango Bon Bons

Chocolate bon bons are a signature of Valentine’s Day. Think outside the (chocolate) box this year, and serve these frozen mango bon bons made of dark chocolate, honey, and both dried and frozen mango. The great lover Casanova believed dark chocolate provided energy for a night of searching for the one, so these one bite delights are likely to provide an energizing finale to the romantic meal.

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For more romantic inspiration to dazzle your sweetheart, turn to ABC's Bachelor, Sean Lowe.